After the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of LGBTQ employment nondiscrimination rights, conservative groups and politicians quickly issued statements condemning the decision.
The religious right, however, is gnashing their teeth and rending their clothes in horror at the notion that they won’t be able to discriminate in the name of God. As the week has worn on, the visions of doom have only grown even more hysteric.
Far-right extremist E.W. Jackson was the GOP candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia and his Facebook post about the ruling is completely unhinged. Describing the judges as “degenerate leftists,” he said they “are engineering sweeping social depravity and confusion through judicial tyranny.”
“It is a declaration of war on the American people, our businesses, culture, Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values,” Jackson continues, saying firing an LGBTQ person is just “protecting your business” from “some mentally ill person.”
“This is truly devastating for our country. We are under a vicious demonic spiritual attack and we had better put on the whole armor of God,” he threw in for good measure.
Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council is well acquainted with mixing religion and discrimination. A former Louisianna state legislator, Perkins purchased his campaign mailing list from former KKK leader David Duke and gave a speech at least one white nationalist meeting.
Describing the “sellout” of Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Trump appointee who wrote the majority opinion in favor of LGBTQ rights, Perkins said it would be the decision’s “lingering horror.” The group supported Gorsuch’s nomination, assuming he would support their wishlist of far-right causes.
“What will it mean for privacy, pronouns, Christian schools and businesses, public housing, adoption, girls’ sports, and a basket of major issues confronting America?” Perkins moaned in an emailed press release as if the ruling had anything remotely to do with personal pronouns.
James Dobson, founder of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Focus on the Family, breathlessly declared the decision ” an affront against God” and “a historical attack against the founding framework that governs our nation.”
“If there was any question that our country is in the midst of a spiritual war over its very heart and soul, this abhorrent decision removes any shred of doubt.”
As an aside, Dobson was also one of the founders of the Family Research Council, now led by Tony Perkins.
The evangelical leader Franklin Graham claimed the right to fire LGBTQ people is a “freedom our nation was founded on.”
“As a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, my rights should be protected,” the far-right Trump supporter posted on Facebook, adding that if his actions were motivated by his religious beliefs, “I still have a right to hold them.”
The court did not rule that Graham couldn’t cling to bigoted religious beliefs. Only that businesses can’t fire someone because they’re queer.
Pastor Steven “Jazz Hands” Andrew got his nickname from blogger Joe Jervis “because he is the nelliest Miss Thing to crack a bible since Ladybird Bachmann.” Andrew has made it his mission to condemn LGBTQ people to prove his own godliness.
“God and the Founding Fathers say LGBT societies are a civil sin, not a civil right,” Andrew said. “Our hope is God, but the Supreme Court is against God, America, the Constitution, Christians, and the Founding Fathers.”
“God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and fire, so nuclear destruction is a possibility if the nation rebels against God unless we repent.”